Monthly Archives: March 2012

03-27-2012: More Rough Conditions, but at least we got into the Zone

Today wasn’t a whole lot better than yesterday. However, we were able to get a lot further. We actually got out to Point Pinos and were with at least three or four gray whales. But the conditions were so difficult … Continue reading

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03-26-2012: Rough Conditions Got in the Way today. But we tried.

It got a little rough out there today. It stared out very nice. The going was smooth and the living easy. But after about an hour that all changed. Suddenly we bouncing up and down and the South winds made … Continue reading

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03-25-2012: Breaching and Tail Lobbing Humpback Whales, Friendly Humpback Whales, Gray Whales and Orcas, Excellent Conditions

The bar is set very high for the now (after today) fully engaged Spring / Summer whale season. Holy mackerel! Today was phenomenal. I would have to say that our Spring / Summer whale watching season has switched into high … Continue reading

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03-23-2012: We didn’t go out today. Unstable Weather / Wind Made us Think Twice, Sunday Should be Stellar

Because of the uncertainty in what the weather was going to do today we decided not to go out. Sunday is looking like the day to go out for this week. We’re still not sure about Saturday. But we do … Continue reading

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03-22-2012: Rough Conditions Made the Going Tough, But we had Nice Looks at Common Dolphins, Another Steller Sea Lion Shows up at Moss Landing Sea Lion Dock

The day started out very nice. We had very calm seas, smooth water and clean running. But after about an hour of heading to the northwest toward the Soquel Canyon, the wind turned on us and whipped up the ocean … Continue reading

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03-21-2012: Humpbacks are Here! Large Numbers of Gray Whales All Around, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Reports of Orcas and Excellent Weather Conditions

It looks like the Monterey Bay Humpback season is here. Today was the first day we really had lingering humpbacks that were coming up to the boat. And we could tell they were feeding close to the surface. Not quite … Continue reading

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03-19-2012: Near Perfect Conditions, North Bound Gray Whales Crossing in Full-Force, Risso’s Dolphins and more reports of Humpbacks

What a difference a day makes. Sunday was about as bad as the marine conditions get. Of course, we had to cancel. But it was an experience just watching. Waves breaking across the harbor mouth and huge white caps as … Continue reading

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03-16-2012: More Rough Weather, Today’s Trip Cancelled, Orcas Spotted off Moss Landing

Another rough day of winter weather. We cancelled today’s trip and did some maintenance on the boat. I also signed off on the final wrap graphics for the new Sanctuary Cruises mobile. It’s truly a piece of art. Then I … Continue reading

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03-15-2013: More Stormy Weather, Mixed Short Period Swells and Cancelled Trips Yesterday and Today

Well, it looks like winter is finally here. We’ve really been needing this rain, so I’m not complaining. But if the wind and swell were manageable we would still go out. At least this means we might finally have some … Continue reading

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03-13-2012: Rough weather, no Trip Today, Keeping an Eye on Things for Tomorrow

The marine conditions kicked up pretty rough this morning. It’s not looking a whole lot better for tomorrow. But we never really know from one hour to the next. So we’re keeping an eye on things and hoping for the … Continue reading

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03-11-2012: The first Humpback of the Year, more Gray Whales, Glassy Conditions

We saw our first humpback of the year. So that’s good news. We’ll keep an eye on things and hope that more start to show up. We also had a glimpse of a stealthy gray whale and heard reports of … Continue reading

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03-10-2012: Northbound Gray Whales Continue, Risso’s Dolphins, Close in Nursery Pod of Common Dolphins, Still Waiting on Gray Whale Mothers and Calves

The marine conditions started out great. Very smooth ocean surface, no wind, warm conditions. But as we got closer the to “gray whale zone” about ten miles southwest of Moss Landing, things started to get a bit rocky. White caps … Continue reading

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03-09-2012: Massive Steller Sea Lion again today at sea lion dock, Large Male Orca Ten Minutes Outside of Moss Landing Harbor and Three Cooperative Gray Whales

Another excellent day of marine wildlife viewing on the Monterey Bay. Just awesome. I love when we find cool animals early in a trip. It started out before we even got out of the harbor. We noticed what appeared to … Continue reading

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03-07-2012: Close up looks at Gray Whales, 1,000 Plus Common Dolphins, Rare Northern Fur Seal Sighting and a Handful of Black-footed Albatross, Remarkable Day

Wow! Today was a welcome change. I was beginning to loose faith in the diversity of species that Monterey Bay is so well known for. Don’t get me wrong. Gray whales are great and all. I mean, there aren’t too … Continue reading

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03-05-2012: We didn’t go out today. Boat Maintenance, Finishing Up The Last Few Items on Our Annual Coast Guard Inspection List, Final touches on Our New Van Graphics

Today we completed some minor boat maintenance items that needed to get done. Sometimes we need a little down time to get these things completed. The conditions didn’t look that great anyways. There seemed to be some wind out there … Continue reading

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